When you allude to something, you don't identify it or mention it specifically. If you allude to the fact that a cop is sitting right behind you, your friends might stop talking about their plans to rob a bank.

  • Pronunciation: /ə'lʊd/
  • English description: make a more or less disguised reference to
  • Synonyms: advert
  • Chinese Translation:  暗示(an4 shi4)
  • Spanish Translation: aludir
  • ORIGIN: Allude is from Latin allūdere "to play with, joke" from the prefix ad-"toward" plus lūdere "to play." The corresponding noun is allusion, which is often used of an indirect reference in literature: Helen, a fitting name for a woman of great beauty, is an allusionto Helen of Troy.


  • The search warrant also alludes to the children, he said.
  • Phone calls take time and allude to a relationship in which at least one party is emotionally invested.

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